Happy Friday, and welcome to the latest installment of our monthly feature
where we review Children’s books.
Nancy Clancy and her best friend, Bree, have love on the brain–after all, they’re learning about the human heart in science class! But when the girls decide to play matchmaker, nothing works out as planned. So the big question is: Will love conquer all?
Be still my beating heart! When my 6 year old daughter received this book for Christmas this year, we both did a little happy dance! We’ve been fans of Fancy Nancy’s exploits in picture books since we first met her in her self-titled debut! Fabulous pacing, vocabulary building fun and beyond gorgeous artwork hooked us from the start! We’ve grown with her over the years, through early reader books and now that Jane O’Connor has branched into early middle grade chapter books, we couldn’t be more excited.
That Nancy and Bree would get caught up in Valentine’s day is hardly a shock, but it was lovely to see how their plans for their favorite teen-agers evolve over the course of the book. I love how sweet and smart and kind-hearted these girls are, and what good friends they are to each other. Seamlessly, Ms. O’Conner weaves in teachable moments and the kind of characters I can be proud for my daughter to emulate. Add in a sub-plot about being inclusive and this momma was just as hooked as my super-girly, Fancy baby!
Perfectly played romance and high quality values merge effortlessly with just a plain fun story. Read this with your daughter, your niece or any little girl who just loves a red, heart-spanlged boa!